From Studies in Social Justice, Ann Travers (SFU): The Sport Nexus and Gender Injustice; and Andrew Gibson (McGill): Just Above the Fray: Interpretive Social Criticism and the Ends of Social Justice. A review of Believing and Seeing: The Art of Gothic Cathedrals by Roland Recht. A review of Sex, Drugs and Chocolate: the Science of Pleasure by Paul Martin. An excerpt from Social Practices: A Wittgensteinian Approach to Human Activity and the Social by Theodore R. Schatzki. The Gonzo of Coulter: The conservative pundit is as misunderstood as her true forebear, Hunter Thompson. Four million jobs in two years? FDR did it in two months. Stop paying taxes, escape to the woods, sit in — why not go vegetarian instead? A look at why the ideological melting pot is getting so lumpy. Obama raises the bar: A brief history of presidential drinking. The quest, the path, the destination: Alexander Kluge's nine-and-a-half hour long film of Marx's "Kapital" is not a minute too long. From Seed, physicist Albert-Laszlo Barabasi and political scientist James Fowler discuss contagion and the Obama campaign, debate the natural selection of robustness and ask whether society is turning inward. Free, imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional and cognitive development — it makes us better adjusted, smarter and less stressed. More and more on The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson.
A new issue of Europe's World is out. From Policy Review, Peter Berkowitz on constitutional conservatism: A way forward for a troubled political coalition; a review of John Agresto's Mugged by Reality: The Liberation of Iraq and the Failure of Good Intentions; a review of George Being George (Plimpton); and is food the new sex? A curious reversal in moralizing. From Editor & Publisher, an article on the all-digital newsroom of the not-so-distant future. From City Journal, an article on First World urbanites and their contempt for Third World urbanization; and James Q. Wilson on the DNA of politics: Genes shape our beliefs, our values, and even our votes. Mysterious ways: An article on epigenetics, an alternative form of inheritance. A review of Darwin's Island: The Galapagos in the Garden of England by Steve Jones. More on Banquet at Delmonico’s: Great Minds, the Gilded Age, and the Triumph of Evolution in America by Barry Werth (and more from Bookforum). A review of Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life by Adam Gopnik (and more and more). From Esquire, an article on John Updike and great writers who write bad sex scenes; and what's so bad about socialism anyway? The point may soon come when there are more people who want to write books than there are people who want to read them.
From The Symptom, an essay on Heidegger and Lacan — their most important difference; Michael Williams on Derrida on the Couch and the perversity of deconstruction; and sex is surface: An article on ontology and the play of signification. Who was General Tso? Jennifer 8. Lee on mysteries of American Chinese food (and from Bookforum, a review of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food). I spy Daddy giving someone the finger: Your kids will imitate you — use it as a force for good. An excerpt from The General Will: Rousseau, Marx, Communism by Andrew Levine. Your perfect newspaper: France and Switzerland are taking serious governmental steps to aid their failing print media industries. How many terrorists are really left at Guantanamo, anyway? From TED, Peter Ward on Earth's mass extinctions. Will geek chic be a boon to Iggy 2.0? The Canadian Liberal leader is reintroducing himself just as cultural winds shift in favour of eggheads. Toll roads are paved with bad intentions: Conservatives have stoked hostility toward the state. Ten To Toss: The top Bush executive orders that Obama should scrap immediately. A review of The Invisible Constitution by Laurence Tribe. From Smithsonian, braving storms with 20-foot seas, an elite group of ship pilots steers through one of the world's most treacherous waterways — the mouth of the Columbia River.
From New York, a cover story on the zany adventures of (Senator) Caroline Kennedy (and more). What Do Women Want? An article on discovering what ignites female desire. What Would Google Do? According to Jeff Jarvis, taking a page out of the company's playbook could put the economy back on track. What's with Google's new mini icon? From Wired, an article on The Plot to Kill Google: Google may not be evil, but it sure does have enemies; why Hollywood needs a new model for storytelling; and can Obama really reboot the White House? The Big Fix: Can Barack Obama really transform the U.S. economy? Our Epistemological Depression: Major recessions are characterized by something novel; opacity and pseudo-objectivity created the crisis today. From The Washington Independent, an essay on the triumph of Blue patriotism: Obama ushers in a liberalism that loves America; and a look at pols that most regret supporting Bush (and more) There is an option that might not only save newspapers but also make them stronger: Turn them into nonprofit, endowed institutions like colleges and universities. A review of books on Samuel Johnson. From The New Yorker, Jill Lepore on the day the newspaper died. The left quadrant of Obama’s base wants to stay relevant by staying angry, and the right doesn’t have anything to do but get angry — so who’s his biggest problem?
From Catholic Social Science Review, J. Budziszewski (Texas): Natural Law as Fact, as Theory, and as Sign of Contradiction (and responses); and Christopher Shannon (Christendom): A Catholic Approach to History (and responses). From The Ecologist, biologist and author Rupert Sheldrake believes that the world’s religions have a crucial role in restoring the earth’s ecological balance. 2 Kids + 0 Husbands = Family: Many college-educated single mothers are setting up lives around other single mothers and all their children, with no role for men or romance. The Expeditionary Imperative: America’s national security structure is designed to confront the challenges of the last century rather than our own. An excerpt from Metaphysical Myths, Mathematical Practice: The Ontology and Epistemology of the Exact Sciences by Jody Azzouni. Alex Ross on the affordable art of concertgoing. John Updike’s mighty pen: He was America’s last true man of letters, and also a father figure to generations of other writers. A review of Not With a Bang but a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline by Theodore Dalrymple. A review of On Borrowed Time: The Art and Economy of Living with Deadlines by Harald Weinrich. From Prospect, a special series on the Iranian Revolution's 30th anniversary. Don’t look back: Why President Obama is not FDR, or Kennedy, or Lincoln, or history.
From Dissent, a special section on Getting Out: Learning from Past Exit Strategies, including the American colonies, the Philippines, India, Korea, Algeria, and Vietnam; Mitchell Cohen reconsiders George Lichtheim's Imperialism; Michael Walzer argues with a philosophical friend to determine the truth (or a truth) of the "Good Society"; Sheri Berman on capitalism, the Left, social democracy, and democratic socialism; a review of A Secular Age by Charles Taylor; and a review of Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee (and more form Bookforum). From The Telegraph, an article on the meaning of modern poetry: Contemporary poetry is lacking something. Publishers Clearinghouse: A bestselling author proposes the most improbable bailout yet. Books Gone Wild: A look at how the digital age reshapes literature. From Slate, will Carlos Slim use the New York Times to bolster his reputation? More and more and more on The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch by Michael Wolff. Live Free or Drown: An article on floating utopias on the cheap. How government looks at pundits: People in the idea business do sometimes make a difference. Peter Beinart on the end of the culture wars. A look at what the oath "do-over" reveals about legal interpretation. Didja hear the one about the funny economist? A look at what the richest men in the world don't know.
A new issue of Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics is out, including a review of Shock Therapy: The History of Electroconvulsive Treatment in Mental Illness by Edward Shorter and David Healy. From The New York Observer, a look at why gays go gaga over Andrea Mitchell; an article on the new math of the male mind; and why do young male writers love icky, tough guy deadbeats? Jason Zengerle on Joe the Plumber and the future of foreign correspondents. The book that changed my life: Peter Tatchell chooses Animal Liberation by Peter Singer. From TLS, a review of Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy: The Making of GKC, 1874-1908 by William Oddie; enthusiasts versus bureaucrats: Why the teaching of literature should be impassioned as well as informative; and a review of books on the limitless ambitions, and problematic achievements, of science and urban planning in the early twentieth century. Seventy per cent of Jewish Israelis say they want a two-state solution, but that doesn't mean they have a high opinion of Arabs — consider the hardcore fans of Beitar Jerusalem FC. The World's First Facebook Film: Could a documentary about guys named Aaron Cohen, made by a guy named Aaron Cohen, be the funniest Jewish comedy since Woody hooked up with Soon-Yi? Not yet a woman: Teaching Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and other pop starlets how to grow up.
From TNR, Amartya Sen on how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights really did change the world. The economic crisis could spark a deep cultural change among Americans who have long prized consumerism above all else. A review of The Billion Dollar Game: Behind-the-Scenes of the Greatest Day in American Sport — Super Bowl Sunday by Allen St. John. Why real men don't like spas: Ill-fitting gowns, whale songs and lavender candles — no wonder many men struggle with the spa experience. A review of The Religious Crisis of the 1960s by Hugh McLeod. The British government is planning tougher penalties for men who use trafficked prostitutes, but who is helping the women themselves? Putting out for a good assignment: The line between sexy and sleazy is easily blurred when female writers use their personal lives as fodder. The Zen of Porn: If pornography is everywhere, is it nowhere? Research suggests the ability to map numbers onto a line, a foundation of all mathematics, is universal, but the form of this universal mapping is not linear but logarithmic. A review of Teenagers: A Natural History by David Bainbridge. No inaugural address has so thoroughly rejected the political philosophy and legislative record of the previous administration. Soviets behind the wheel: If the car was symbolic of individual freedom in the USA, what did it mean to the ideologues of the USSR?
From TAP, a discussion on Dean Baker's Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of The Bubble Economy (and part 2). Which CEO characteristics and abilities matter? From Political Affairs, an essay on overcoming unscientific concepts of "working class". The introduction to Keep Watching the Skies! The Story of Operation Moonwatch and the Dawn of the Space Age by W. Patrick McCray. Piracy in perspective: A look at the unintended consequences of U.S. foreign policy in Somalia. James K. Galbraith reviews The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath by Robert J. Samuelson. From Al-Ahram, what happens on Facebook stays there, or does it, wonders Salonaz Sami. Are you a retrosexual? A look at Facebook's latest erotic application. A review of Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State, from Christian Militias to Al Qaeda by Mark Juergensmeyer. Samuel Huntington died a pariah among America's intellectual elite — it's because he was normal. A man for all seasons: John Judis on the misunderstood John Maynard Keynes. This decade has seen a surge in publishing on human rights in journals and dissertation topics, but does it remain on political science's margins? From New Humanist, a review of The Weight of a Mustard Seed by Wendell Steavenson; and a review of The Artist, the Philosopher and the Warrior by Paul Strathern.
From the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Michael A. Bernstein (Tulane): A Brief History of the American Economic Association; Betsy Jane Clary (Charleston): The Evolution of the Allied Social Science Associations; and a review of Understanding Capitalism: Critical Analysis from Karl Marx to Amartya Sen. From TNR, a review of Saving Darwin: How to be a Christian and Believe in Evolution by Karl W. Giberson and Only A Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul by Kenneth R. Miller. New towns are often derided as eyesores, but they could transform the future, if we save them from the traditionalists. An excerpt from Constitutionalizing Economic Globalization: Investment Rules and Democracy's Promise by David Schneiderman. Truth, Reconciliation, and Obama: How should Obama deal with Bush's legacy? From The Hindu, is “Slumdog Millionaire” a put-down of a country with pretensions to rising power or is it a back-handed celebration of all things Indian? Here are 21 essays from the LRB on John Updike (and more). From Air & Space, a walk in the airpark: Rest and renewal in a long-standing pilot community. Not only are bills works of art, they are also a history lesson: You learn what cultures value by what they put on their bills. The customized newspaper is right around the corner, if you're willing to go there.